When Beyoncé Gives you Lemonade, You Make Nimbu Pani

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and if Beyoncé gives you Lemonade well, hell, then what?

M.I.A.’s Remarks on #BlackLivesMatter Spark Controversy

Sometimes the art is smarter than the artist. At least, M.I.A.’s recent comments in an interview for the British magazine Evening Standard certainly made many feel that way.

Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ and the Politics of ‘Becky with the Good Hair’

The most contentious point of speculation in the video, is the identity of the nefarious other woman in the scenario, who Beyoncé momentously calls out as “Becky with the good hair” in the track “Sorry.”

The Fight for a Stateless Child’s Rights in the U.S. is Greater Than You Can Imagine

“I never made a child custody claim for Medhavi.” These are the words that made me a stateless child refugee and denied me of my rights and freedom.

Indian Government Requires Cell Phones to Have a Panic Button, But What Does This Mean for Women

An Indian government mandate, effective January of 2017, will require that all cell phones sold in India be equipped with a panic button.

This is What Rihanna’s ‘Work’ Sounds Like on Tabla and Sarangi

About a year ago, I recorded Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” and John Legend’s “All of Me” for two friends’ weddings. It was a lot of fun and a unique experience playing the songs on sarangi. Working on those covers laid the foundation for the songs that I’m working on now.

Here’s What Happened When Hasan Minhaj Advised Sikhs Throw Muslims Under The Bus

During this much-raved about comedic segment in collaboration with The Sikh Coalition, comedian Hasan Minhaj teamed up with various well-known Sikh figures, such as actor and designer Waris Ahluwalia and professor and activist Simran Jeet Singh, to create a comedic yet educational piece on Sikh-Americans.

‘Cocoa & Caramel’ Illuminates the Intersectionality Between Indian and African Attire

Cocoa & Caramel is inspired by a series of events that I have either experienced personally or experienced by those close to me.

How I Found the Strength to Cope With the Loss of my South Asian Parents

The loss of a South Asian parent is one of life’s greatest heartbreaks. Many of you who are reading this have or had parents who left their homeland to provide a better life for you or the “future” they planned to have.

Top 5 Looks to Wear This Shaadi Season

April is a month of many things: longer days and shorter dresses, the smell of springtime in the air and most importantly…the start of wedding season.

Raised in Bloodshed: The Story of One Sikh Woman’s Tenacity Post-British Rule

A wind of change is blowing as the sun begins to set for the great British Empire. The crown jewel has lost its shine; the breadbasket of India is empty. The seeds of revolution have been planted in the barren fields of Britain’s most valuable colony.

I Am More Than Saris, Curry, Yoga, and Henna

I am more than brown skin with a “white” dialect. I am more than dark, unbleachable hair and gold makeup. I am more than saris, curry, yoga, henna, and a beauty pageant winner.

Netflix’s ‘Family Party’ Actress Jaya Prasad on Building an Acting Career as an Indian-American

There has never been a better time to be an Indian in Hollywood—and “Family Party” actress Jaya Prasad couldn’t agree more. Prasad, 27, plays the role of Arti on Netflix’s 50-minute narrative that indulges in the Indian-American lifestyle and evokes laughter and emotion while doing so.

‘Cocoa & Caramel’ Illuminates the Intersectionality Between Indian and African Attire

Cocoa & Caramel is inspired by a series of events that I have either experienced personally or experienced by those close to me.

Going Mainstream: Dealing with Cultural Dilution as an Indian-American

With the recently increased visibility of my own Indian heritage, I’m starting to see that authenticity might be the cost of assimilation into mainstream culture.

Brown Girl of the Month Amara Majeed Takes Over the World One Media Outlet at a Time

Meet our April Brown Girl of the Month, Amara Majeed.  “When I…

Shereen Ladha’s “Maafi”—Cover of Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’—Breaks the Internet

BollyShake’s most influential choreographer Shereen Ladha has gone viral, and for good reason. Ladha released a music video featuring her dance team performing to an addicting new remix of Justin Bieber’s popular track, “Sorry” by J Raj.

Meet The Staff: Zaynah Arefin

Born just outside of Los Angeles and soon after shifting to New York (I still hold that against my parents), I have grown up primarily in the suburbs of New York along the Hudson Valley. Despite the fact that I was deeply rooted in the Bangladeshi culture that I was raised in, the amount of South Asian girlfriends I had was almost non-existent for the majority of my life.

Here’s How to Dress Like Hollywood’s New IT Girl: Priyanka Chopra

Incase you’ve been living under rock and didn’t know – Priyanka Chopra has quickly become Hollywood’s IT girl and we couldn’t be more proud of this brown babe.

An Open Letter to Fair & Lovely——India’s go-to Lightening Cream

I remember standing in front of my bathroom mirror spending hours and hours of massaging your creaminess into my wheatish complexion, praying that one of these days I will be fair and lovely as the models in your generic commercials.

Top 5 Looks to Wear This Shaadi Season

April is a month of many things: longer days and shorter dresses, the smell of springtime in the air and most importantly…the start of wedding season.

How Lakme Fashion Week Empowered a Brown Girl to Define her Life in Colors

Disclaimer: I dress up extra chic hoping to be stopped and photographed in the streets of Seattle. One of my social media fantasies is to be featured in a local fashionable-people-in-the-city blog. But I can’t help to think sometimes, if, in a city as grungy and plaid-loving as this, my colors are too loud.

The Fashion Advice You Need from Funny Girl Mindy Kaling

Everyone’s favorite funny girl is also quite the fashion icon. Mindy Kaling is a role model in so many ways; she’s smart, sassy, sexy and proves that curves are chic and should be worn with pride! This brown girl doesn’t mess around when it comes to style and we love the bold risks she takes on and off the red carpet.

Holi Inspired Makeup Look

by Jasmin Rahman – Follow @JasminRahmanMUA With the festival of colors this…

When Beyoncé Gives you Lemonade, You Make Nimbu Pani

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and if Beyoncé gives you Lemonade well, hell, then what?

M.I.A.’s Remarks on #BlackLivesMatter Spark Controversy

Sometimes the art is smarter than the artist. At least, M.I.A.’s recent comments in an interview for the British magazine Evening Standard certainly made many feel that way.

Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ and the Politics of ‘Becky with the Good Hair’

The most contentious point of speculation in the video, is the identity of the nefarious other woman in the scenario, who Beyoncé momentously calls out as “Becky with the good hair” in the track “Sorry.”

This is What Rihanna’s ‘Work’ Sounds Like on Tabla and Sarangi

About a year ago, I recorded Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” and John Legend’s “All of Me” for two friends’ weddings. It was a lot of fun and a unique experience playing the songs on sarangi. Working on those covers laid the foundation for the songs that I’m working on now.

Netflix’s ‘Family Party’ Actress Jaya Prasad on Building an Acting Career as an Indian-American

There has never been a better time to be an Indian in Hollywood—and “Family Party” actress Jaya Prasad couldn’t agree more. Prasad, 27, plays the role of Arti on Netflix’s 50-minute narrative that indulges in the Indian-American lifestyle and evokes laughter and emotion while doing so.

10 Shah Rukh Khan Movies That Made us His Die-Hard Fans

Here’s a list of 10 movies where Shah Rukh Khan rightfully earned the superhero title and won all of our hearts.